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Hokie Wiper Fluid, and More Pith

Hokie shooting drill: Release, rotation, Splash.

All your additional Week 15 pith comes after the jump, but first a few programming notes.

1) If the Hokies had reached 75 points last night, all the fans at Cassell would have gotten free window washer fluid? Washer fluid, really? That's their giveaway? Did the local Kmart run out of Little Tree air fresheners? Is there a "bag o' mulch" night coming up?

2) Morgan State, nearing its first MEAC title in 31 years.

3) The A-10 Tourney re-ups with Atlantic City. I know attendance wasn't great last year, but is there a better spot for an Atlantic 11-based league to hold its tourney? Sure beats Charlotte.

4) A Georgetown student columnist wants the school to apologize to Craig Esherick. Who is doing what now, you ask? Why, he's calling George Mason games on the Verizon FiOS1 local TV channel with WaPo prep writer B.J. Koubaroulis, and VMI games on MASN with Jim Hunter, and

5) Don't forget to enter the Atlantic 11 March Challenge. There's talk of adding a pair of pajamas to the prize mix.

Pith after the jump.

1. Georgetown

Over the weekend, Rich Chvotkin filled in for Georgetown's wrestling announcer: "Hoyas pin! Hoyas pin! Hoyas pin! Hoyas pin! Hoyas pin! Hoyas pin! Hoyas pin! Hoyas pin! Hoyas pin!" (Bill Fitzgerald)

Is there something about the Hoyas' system that keeps their 7-foot-2 Wooden award candidate from averaging 7 rebounds per game? (David Larimer)

Roy Hibbert reminds me of Mr. Rogers. He's soft, old and he'll let anyone into his house. (Ian Oland)

You get the feeling they are about as bored waiting for the post season as George Mason is waiting for Weiner Wednesday. (Jamie Jones)

Jessie Sapp is the epitome of the traditional Georgetown players from the 80's. He just needs to remember to use his defensive skills in the game and not on the opponent's face. (Grady Bryant)

"I don't even know what we're ranked," Georgetown center Roy Hibbert said after Saturday's win over Cincinnati. "I just know we're No. 1 in the Atlantic 11." At least half of that quote was actually spoken. (Scott Allen)

2. VCU

After seeing VCU win at Akron on Saturday, I realized that I'd be paying a lot more attention to the upcoming Democratic primaries if they were re-branded as Bracketbuster Ohio. (Markus Videnieks)

Was that really a Bracket Buster, or just VCU beating another mediocre team? (Jason Anderson)

In the Rams most recent game against Akron, Russian Power Forward Kirill Pishchalnikov failed once again to score more points (2) than syllables (7) in his own name. Never a good sign. (Ian Oland)

For posterity's sake, the voters need to know that five of VCU's six total losses are to Atlantic 11 teams. (Sean Perkins)

In the battle of computer terms, the Data Storages beat the Compressed Files. (Max Wass)


The America East regular season champion Retrievers are guaranteed an NIT bid, which is more than Maryland can say. (Scott Allen)

UMBC's first America East regular-season title earns them an automatic berth in the NIT. Whatever team finishes in second place gets free car washes for a year! (Michael Palan)

On the one hand, storming the court to celebrate an NIT-clinching, three-point home win over a team ranked No. 309 in the RPI seems somewhat silly. On the other hand, it's UMBC. (Matt Bonesteel)

Though my alma mater is playing like the Hoosiers of the early 1950s, I'd much rather see their upcoming game against Maine be decided by a steel cage match between five rabid retriever dogs and five angry, hungry-for-blood black bears. Come on! How awesome would that be? (Ian Oland)

Neither UMBC nor Barack Obama have lost since Super Tuesday. Unfortunately, super delegates and selection committees will disappoint them both come March. (Cole Wilson)

They had two overtime games last week! Are they under the impression that they get a guaranteed point for those? (Max Wass)

4. Maryland

Greivis Vasquez still struggling with English idiom, said he meant to challenge Dorenzo Hudson to "throw down right now." (Bill Fitzgerald)

I'm used to the Terps losing to Virginia Tech. Only it usually happens in Blacksburg. On a Thursday night. At Lane Stadium. (Markus Videnieks)

The Terps have about as much depth as a baby pool. (Scott Allen)

"Swoons Over Mi-Hammy" now on the menu at College Park Denny's. (Matt Bonesteel)

Inspired by A.D. Vasallo's tonsorial odes to Puerto Rico, Grievis Vasquez is paying tribute to his native Venezuela with a tattoo that reads "Nationalize Everything." (David Larimer)

5. Virginia Tech

Split the season series with Ga. Tech, and still awaiting their exhibition game versus ITT Tech. (Michael Palan)

That was the best "boot and rally" I've seen since a game of beer pong at JMU back in '95. (Jamie Paquette)

The Hokies are rising faster than Dorenzo Hudson's lunch. (Scott Allen)

"Rally Projectile Vomit" just doesn't roll off the tounge as well as "Rally Monkey" or even "Rally Hokie." (CapsNut)

Greenberg begs season ticket holders with "other commitments" to give away their tickets. The mind reels at the thought of what constitutes "other commitments" in Blacksburg. (Matt Bonesteel)

Remember in Aliens how they could put people in stasis to travel the massive distances of space? Something tells me that gets invented by a Hokie alum tired of losing years off his or her life traveling to and from Blacksburg for sporting events. (Jason Anderson)

6. George Mason

From a 13-point halftime lead to a 12-point defeat vs. Ohio. It's like Jim Larranaga and Brian Gregory have some sort of bet over who can blow an NCAA bid more spectacularly. (Jamie Paquette)

Turned a 13 point lead into a 12 point loss faster than you can say Todd Collins in Seattle. (Markus Videnieks)

Does anyone own the Atlantic 11 more than Ohio? Actually, Markus Videnieks' comments do. (Michael Palan)

With at-large prospects fading, Patriots counting on endorsements from NCAA Selection Committee super delegates. (Bill Fitzgerald)

So I'm watching GMU fall apart against Akron, and had a brilliant marketing idea: ESPN should have Akron face Gonzaga, and call it the Zips Zags Classic. They could have motivational speaker Zig Ziglar call the game, and hand out free copies of Ziggy cartoons. After the game, the coaches could all go out for some Zimas. (Tim Lemke)

7. American

When can we set-up the Atlantic-11 All-Star game? Because I want Garrison Carr starting on it. (Sean Perkins)

Six wins in a row is great, but let's keep in mind that American moved from the Colonial League to the Patriot League for a reason...the opportunity to win six games in a row. (Greg Cota)

If you don't vote for them the terrorists win. (Matt Holohan)

8. Morgan State

Let me get this straight: They find room to put 100 teams in the "Bracket Buster" in the name of exposure, and not one is from an HBCU conference, ie, the most overlooked, underfunded, below-the-radar conferences in Division I? MEAC, you've been hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok! (David Larimer)

9. Old Dominion

ODU is the Austin Kearns of the CAA. They know what they're doing out there and are successful from time to time, but it's not like they scare anyone. (Markus Videnieks)

10. Virginia

We don't need no roofing, let Alexander Memorial Colesium drip. Drip leaky roof, drip! (Markus Videnieks)

Does anyone else always check NC State box scores to see if they tried to sneak Julius Hodge back in for his 15th season? I'm serious, Hodge played for the Wolfpack starting just after WWII. (Jason Anderson)

If I were Dave Leitao, I'd bench Sean Singletary for the remainder of the regular season in preparation for an ACC Tournament run. If I were Dave Leitao, I'd be ready for a vacation. (Scott Allen)

Twelfth in their conference, but firmly in the top 11 of our poll. What's next, we'll be shooting satellites out of the sky? (Sean Perkins)

11. Loyola

Anyone who can figure out what's going on in the MAAC this year must have several abbreviations after their name. (Jamie Paquette)

Jimmy Patsos is already planning a trip to Alcatraz, which is one of the few places capable of containing Hassan Fofana. (Scott Allen)

Also receiving pith

Longwood: The Lancers end their season with three straight victories, matching their longest winning streak since going D-I. That's got Feinstein Vote of the Week written all over it. (David Larimer)

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 27, 2008; 2:59 PM ET
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Yes, the A10 tournament has to stay in AC. It's the only place that people will travel to... from Philadelphia. Xavier and Dayton will still have the most fans there, but I think it's going to catch on with fans of URI, UMass, etc. Attendance will be up this season because the tournament itself should be much better.

I went last year and found myself saying, "this isn't too sh*tty" - that's high praise for something related to the conference as a whole.

Posted by: Kev | February 27, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Still no love for Virginia Tech? Maryland stunk it up after the 2nd loss to Va. Tech. How can you lose to American and twice to Virginia Tech and still be 4th?

Posted by: PokieAHokie | February 27, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, it was at least orange washer fluid.

Posted by: kolbkl | February 27, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

By beating UNC? Just saying...

Actually, we give away washer fluid at UMD to. After football games if we score 21 or more. Advance Auto is really generous it seems, or something.

Posted by: EricS | February 27, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I have a closet full of that washer fluid. It started with football, but then Advanced Auto started to do the score 75 points promotion in basketball. You just have to remember a phrase or have your ticket. It's a joke to most, but my truck's windshield washer fluid engine was leaking so I went through the stuff quickly. I was the one person who was grateful for the promotion and counted down the points to 75. At the beginning of this basketball season, when I realized the women's basketball team would probably outscore the men's basketball team, I replaced the washer fluid engine. I still get the stuff after games when it happens and have two bottles in my truck to go along with the closet full of them.

After scoring 25 points in the first half of the BC game, Tech scored 26 points in the opening 9 minutes of the second half. I was a bit disappointed when Tech let up after that.

Posted by: sitruc | February 27, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Are the pajamas game-worn?

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | February 27, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

i think i preferred the 90 points for a free taco that they used to do in c'ville.

nothing like watching a blowout game in november against some crappy team and staying til the bitter end to see if the acne-scarred benchwarmer will hit a three as time expires, solely to win a disgusting taco that you had no intention of redeeming.

Posted by: jrp | February 27, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Bamboozled doesn't even begin to tell the story.

Posted by: | February 28, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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